Lancaster orchestra has new musical director

Justin Doyle.
Justin Doyle.

Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra has appointed a new musical director.

Justin Doyle, who was born in Lancaster, beat several other applicants from across the UK for the post.

Justin was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers, with whom he continues to work frequently.

Recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, King’s Camerata, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia of Leeds, Haffner Orchestra, Essex Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Chamber Orchestra, regular broadcasts for BBC Radio and a cover CD for BBC Music Magazine.

Justin has held posts including Artistic Director of Ryedale Festival and Swaledale Festival, Principal Conductor of Manchester Chamber Choir and Director of Music at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge in London.

He replaces Natalia Luis-Bassa, who left the orchestra in 2014 after 10 years with the baton.

The next concert is on June 20 at the Ashton Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, when the young cellist Megan Rolf plays Elgar’s cello concerto.